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Manitoba Reads is a contest presented by CBC in partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, and is modelled after Canada Reads, Canada’s “biggest battle of the books.”
A long list of twelve books by Manitoba authors was posted earlier in the year, with the public encouraged to vote for their favourites. Grayson’s Autumn, One Spring is one of four books that received the most votes. The books on the shortlist will be debated by a panel in front of a live audience on Friday, September 21 as part of the launch for THIN AIR 2012. After the live debate, voting will re-open for the remaining four books. The winning title will be announced on the Weekend Morning Show on Sunday, September 23.
The other three titles shortlisted for Manitoba Reads this year are Twelve Drummers Drumming by C.C. Benison, Automatic World by Struan Sinclair, and The Knife Sharpener’s Bell by Rhea Tregebov.
Patti Grayson is an actor and writer with a BA in English and Theatre from the University of Winnipeg. She has toured with the Manitoba Puppet Theatre and appeared in numerous film and television roles. Her first novel, Autumn, One Spring (Turnstone Press), was shortlisted for The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher at the 2011 Manitoba Book Awards. Her short fiction collection, Core Samples (Turnstone Press), also garnered nominations for two Manitoba Book Awards. Patti has worked as a school librarian, advertising copywriter, puppeteer, and actor. She lives in St. Andrew's, Manitoba with her husband and two teenage children.
For more information about Manitoba Reads, visit their website: http://www.cbc.ca/manitoba/scene/books/2012/08/13/manitoba-reads-2012/
For more information about Patti Grayson’s Autumn, One Spring please visit our website: www.turnstonepress.com
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